Wicked Cool PHP

Wicked Cool PHP — Real-World Scripts That Solve Difficult Problems

Authors: William Steinmetz, Brian Ward
Publisher: No Starch Press

Different people have different learning styles. I can’t learn by sitting in classrooms listening to lectures. But give me a real live problem to solve, and I’ll ponder and stew over it until I finally get it. For that reason, I really like this book on PHP. And for a non-programmer, it turned out to be very useful for me.

As a web designer, I started learning how to work with PHP when I set up Zencart shopping carts for clients. They would want certain modules and I found that with enough perseverance (and a good forum to ask questions), I could figure out how to add to the basic package. So when I saw the reviews for “Wicked Cool PHP” promoting “Real-World Scripts That Solve Difficult Problems” I grabbed it.

The book starts out with the very basics needed to work with PHP. It gives some good examples and as you progress, you learn by building upon things that were taught earlier. Naturally, I skipped some sections or rushed through parts that didn’t seem to be of interest to me. Later in the book when they referred to those skipped lessons (oops!), they were kind enough to direct me right back to the spot that I needed to review.

So if you need to pick up some skills in PHP, and don’t mind some head-scratching challenges rather than classroom tutorials, grab this book and give some of the sections a whirl. It is well written and an easy and fun read.

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